Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that fails to replace sequester cuts that took effect March 1st:
"The Republicans' continuing resolution passed by the House fails to replace the sequester, leaving in place billions of dollars in senseless cuts that hurt Michigan families and eliminate jobs. Today's continuing resolution -- which affirms the sequester -- lays off teachers, reduces the number of police officers on our streets, and cuts educational funding for our children. While Democrats have introduced a balanced package of spending cuts and revenue increases to stop these harmful cuts, House Republicans have refused to even bring the bill up for a vote, while also failing to put forth their own plan to replace the sequester.
"Year-after-year, Congress has continued to pass temporary and piecemeal continuing resolutions in lieu of an actual annual budget. This is no way to run the federal government. It's time for Congress to stop governing deadline-to-deadline and instead get serious about passing a responsible budget that averts the sequester while also addressing our long-term debt.
"Additionally, I am deeply disappointed that today's continuing resolution was rushed to the House floor without a single committee hearing or possibility to offer amendments to the bill. The lack of legislative process is not how our democracy was intended to work."